What is "elder abuse"? Voices from the margin: the views of underrepresented Canadian older adults

Jenny Ploeg, Lynne Lohfeld, Christine A Walsh

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We know relatively little about the definitions and perceptions of elder abuse held by marginalized groups of older adults in Canada. The current study used focus group methodology to explore perceptions of elder abuse among marginalized groups such as Aboriginal persons, immigrants, refugees, and lesbians. We found both similarities and differences in perceptions of elder abuse across groups. Groups identified traditional forms of elder abuse (i.e., physical, sexual, psychological/emotional, financial abuse, and neglect) as well as less frequently identified types of abuse such as disrespect and government or systemic abuse. Groups also discussed issues related to immigrant sponsorship arrangements and abuse in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-424
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health
  • Canada
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Homosexuality, Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Refugees
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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